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P Gouras, C J MacKay; Supernormal cone electroretinograms in central retinal vein occlusion.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1992;33(3):508-515.
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In 12 successive cases of unilateral central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), the strongly light-adapted cone electroretinogram (both a- and b-wave) was always slower and larger (supernormal) to long-wave stimuli compared with that of the unaffected eye. This supernormality became less as the level of light adaptation decreased; in the dark-adapted state, long-wave stimuli produced subnormal responses from the affected eye in all but two subjects. This supernormality was not caused by ineffectiveness of the adapting light related to a reduced cone quantal catch because it occurred in the dark. At any one state of adaptation, the supernormality increased with the wavelength of stimulation, paralleling the relative absorption ratio of long-middle wavelength-sensitive cones. This suggests that cones, especially long wavelength-sensitive cones, are less able to reduce their responsiveness to light with increasing levels of light adaptation in a retina affected by CRVO.
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